From the Marblehead Reporter:
Bartlett’s Garage – July 23, 2015
The best thing about Bartlett’s Garage in Marblehead is it’s location as a thriving business right in the middle of a legally enforced historic district, where you’d expect only quaint shops and trendy boutiques. Instead, Bartlett’s provides a basic service that everyone needs. Check it out.
A Close Shave – July 2, 2015
Many Marbleheaders remember Phil Regan the barber on Washington Street, just up from Darling Street. Phil was loaded with old gossip and old Marblehead stories. When I was kid getting my haircut, my mother sat in the chairs behind and took notes. That how I was able, years after her death, to piece together the tale “Jumpin Jack’s” close shave. Many people helped with the research: Marion Graves Anderson, Dan Dixey, Leslie Biggs Teague, Stephen P. Hall, Michelle Bates Campbell, Hooper Cutler and especially Scott Campbell who solved the mystery of Jack’s nickname. Read All About It!
Biology Forever – June 18, 2015 Everyone who went to Marblehead High School in the 1950s remembers Gordon McKey, the dynamic biology teacher. I didn’t give him proper credit until I went back and looked though my biology notes that my mother saved. Incredible – there’s a complete college-level biology course in there. Now, 61 years later, I teach Biological Psychology at night. I threw together a new outline for this fall’s course in no time. And where did I learn do that? From Gordon McKey and Olive Elliott, the librarian at MHS, who taught us note taking and outlining. So much for the fancy graduate education! Read on.
Joe Mitchell in Marblehead – May 28, 2015
Tom Kunkel’s biography of my uncle Joseph Mitchell, just released in April is an outstanding portrait of of a unique and treasured family member, now gone for 19 years. His visits to Marblehead were a special treat for me. Read on.
Vera J. Thompson, Strict but Effective – May 14, 2015
Vera J. was one of my favorites when I took American History 60 years ago. Find out why.
Dr. Bailey of Marblehead – March 26, 2015
I have a hard time understanding people who are afraid of their dentists. I was blessed with a wonderful dentist in my childhood, Dr. Harry K, Bailey, DMD. My teeth needed lots of work starting with braces and cavities in my baby teeth. He took care of me until I left town after college. Now in St. Louis I’m lucky enough to have one who’s just as good, Douglas T. Watanabe. Thanks to both of them I have my own teeth (mostly) at 76. Read on.
Browns Island – February 26, 2015
Dave, at five, enjoys a Browns Island picnic, and then gets to Everett Goodwin haul lobster pots. Check it out here.
Cap Blaster – February 19, 2015
A simple toy on the Gerry School playground led my friend Tommy White and me to a lifelong interest in aviation. It was the closest thing to a rocket that we could find at age nine. The next step was model airplanes and, for Tommy, a career in aviation. See more.
The Magic Of Radio Serials – December 25, 2014
Radio serials came as a complete surprise to me when we moved to Marblehead in August 1944 when I was five. They gave me a whole new set of friends, from “Superman” through “Straight Arrow” to “Captain Midnight.” And they had wonderful gadgets your could send away. Things like the Dick Tracy Wrist Radio that actually worked, and more.
Gordon’s Stationery – December 11,2014
You could get everything you needed in Market Square in Marblehead when I was a kid in the 1940s and ’50s, especially at Gordon’s. Click here to find out what they had.
Adventures at ‘Casino Follies”, August 21, 2014
A few times during my senior in Marblehead High School a few of us ventured in to the Casino Follies burlesque show just off Scollay Square in Boston. How she show lived up to our expectations. Find out here.
Dave’s BB Gun in Marblehead, July 24, 2014
Just like little Ralphie in the “Christmas Story” classic, Dave wanted his own BB gun at age nine. Here’s what he got. Read on
A Tour of the Herald Traveler – July 3, 2014 I toured the Boston Herald Traveler in 1947 when I was 8 with my dad, Joe Crowley. I learned every step of what it took produce a major daily newspaper, from the copy editing to the Linotype machines, to he paper mats and finally to huge presses on the ground floor. I spite of my fascination with this process I decided on a different career. Read more
Hurricane Carol – June 18, 2014
I tied up my dory at the old Boston Yacht Club at Front and State streets and hoped if would be safe. As Hurricane Carol approached I tried haul it up onto the float, but almost fell it when the boat got away from me. Several weeks later I was able to retrieve and repair it saving it from becoming firewood like the apple tree in out yard – another casualty of Carol. Click to continue
Dr. Sturgis – May 8, 2014
I met her in 1944, when I was five. We had just moved to Marblehead and her back yard faced our house at 3 Elm Street. She may have been around 70 then and it was clear that she loved children, although she had none of her own. She had graduated from medical school when few women, but never practiced medicine – some problem in her family, I think. A group of us played musical chairs in her parlor as she accompanied our jumping and running from the piano. Click to continue
A Larsen Christmas – November 28, 2013
With the traditional Norwegian summons, “Vaer sa god,” meaning “be so good,” Mrs. Larsen would call us to diner for the annual Christmas Eve feast of sweetened rice porridge, lamb or pork, and other traditional Scandinavian delicacies. Click to continue
A Hobby – October 10, 2013
It all started in Marblehead in 1944 when I was five. We had just moved to town and I was playing with my new friends on Dunn’s Lane, Billy and Stevie Goodwin and a couple of others. We heard a siren and one of the said, “It’s a fire, let’s go!” Click to continue
Father Collins – September 19, 2013
For everyone in Marblehead when I was kid, Father Michael Collins was the face and voice of the Catholic Church…My confession, like every Catholic child’s, came from a prescribed list: so many “taking the Lord’s name in vain” — that covered swearing; a few “talking back to our parents,” and a usually underestimated number of “impure thoughts.” Click to continue
Marblehead Summer Theater – Sept 5, 2013
The Social Security statement that I reviewed in preparing for retirement showed that my first recorded earnings were $165 dollars in 1955. That was my job as a stage carpenter for the Marblehead Summer Theater when I was 16. Click to continue
Facebook Diaspora – August 22, 2013
The internet has been a boon for all of us who live far from Marblehead and still love our home town… For a long time I ignored the internet’s social networking sites. After all, that was for kids, and I’m a grandfather. But that changed in 2006 when my daughter told me of the wonderful Marblehead photos she had found on Facebook. Click to continue
Freddy – August 8, 2013
We arrived from St. Louis and turned into Stacey Street in Marblehead, just opposite the Old North Church. With Edgar Bartlett’s Garage on the right, we drove straight on between high hedges. A narrow lane on the left led to our B&B at 10 Stacey Court — and to the house at 8 Stacey Court, where my childhood friend Freddy Petersen had lived. I was delighted to see that the large willow with its spreading limbs and the wide expanse of lawn where Freddy and I played was still there. Click to continue
Dave’s First Job – August 9, 2012
One day in the summer of 1947, when I was eight, my mother, father and I stopped at the Barnacle, a seaside sandwich shop on Marblehead Harbor, in Massachusetts where I grew up. My mother, who had been a reporter in New York and who had written two children’s books never hesitated to befriend strangers especially if she detected a whiff of eccentricity about them. A couple who seemed a bit older than my parents sat near us at lunch. Click to continue